How to Marry a Millionaire

1953 film by Jean Negulesco

How to Marry a Millionaire is a 1953 romantic comedy about three women, who set out to find eligible millionaires to marry, but find true love, in the process.

Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall
William Powell, Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe.
Directed by Jean Negulesco. Written by Nunnally Johnson, based on the plays The Greeks Had a Word for It by Zoë Akins and Loco by Dale Eunson and Katherine Albert.
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Pola Debevoise edit

  • [Being presented by the shop assistant to Tom Brookman] You know, of course, that diamonds are a girl's best friends. This is our proof of it.
  • Men aren't attentive to girls who wear glasses.

Schatze Page edit

  • [Referring to older men marrying young women] Look at Roosevelt, look at Churchill, look at that old fella, what's his name in The African Queen.
  • We'd better put a check on that one. Nobody's mother lives in Atlantic City on Saturday.
  • Most women use more brains picking a horse in the third at Belmont than they do picking a husband.
  • [to Tom Brookman] Just as soon as I finish this, I never want to see you again.
  • The first rule is, gentlemen callers have got to wear a necktie!

Loco Dempsey edit

  • Once you get one foot on the ground, you're really quite a jerk, aren't you?
  • All my life ever since I was a little girl I've always had the same dream. To marry a zillionaire.

Dialogue edit

Schatze: I can't shack up with a dame I've never met before and she's crazy too!
Pola: You don't have to. She'll come up and you'll see if you like her. If you don't...
Schatze: Is she any help to this?
Pola: Let's see. [over the phone to Loco] Hey Loc, how much money you got?
Loco: I got a quarter.
Pola: Great. Pick up lunch on your way over.
Loco: OK, how many.
Pola: Three.
Loco: OK, I'll be there in 15 minutes.
[hangs up]
Schatze: Well that's a big contribution to a million dollar proposition. One whole quarter!
Pola: Maybe, but she's awfully clever with a quarter.

Loco: You don't think he's a little old?
Schatze: Wealthy men are never old.

Schatze: You wanna catch a mouse, you set a mouse trap. All right so we set a bear trap. Now all we gotta do, is one of us has got to catch a bear.
Loco: You mean marry him?
Schatze: If you don't marry him, you haven't caught him, he's caught you.

Loco: I wouldn't mind marrying a Vanderbilt?
Pola: Or Mr. Cadillac.
Schatze: No such person. I checked.
Loco: Is there a Mr. Texaco?

Pola: I want to marry Rockefeller.
Schatze: Which one?
Pola: I don't care.

Schatze: Next thing you got to remember is the gentlemen you meet on the cold cuts may not be as attractive as the one you meet in the mink department at Bergdorf's.
Loco: But he was cute, don't you think?
Schatze: Sure he was. But then I never met one of those gas pump jockey that wasn't.
Loco: Is that what he is?
Schatze: You bet your life he is. I know those guys. I married one once.

Schatze: I was nuts about him. Know what he did to me? First he gave me a phony name. Second, he was already married. Third, the minute the preacher said amen, he never did another tap of work. Then he stole my TV set and gave it to a car hop. When I asked him about that, he hit me with a chicken.
Pola: A live chicken?
Schatze: No, a baked chicken; stuffed.

Loco: I'll say this for him: we haven't ordered anything yet under five dollars a portion!
Pola: If there's anything left over don't forget to tell the waiter you want to take it home for the dog.

J.D.: [on why Schatze stopped their wedding] There was a last minute decision in your favor.
Tom: Did you tell her about me?
J.D.: No. So far as she knows you're still hustling a gas pump.
Tom: Are you kidding?
J.D.: Well let's go ask her.
Tom: Wait a minute JD! Do you think I ought to tell her?
J.D.: Are you nuts? She clearly prefers gas pump jockeys to millionaires. What do you want to do? Disillusion the poor girl?

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